- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The NFL draft is in the books, and the next step is to get rookies signed with their new teams. The new rookie wage scale has helped teams sign players much easier. The drama and potential for holdouts have been taken away now that teams, players and agents already know what kind of contract to expect based on their projected slot.
Here is a quick look at what players made last year, and what the latest AFC East rookies can expect:
No. 25 pick: LB Dont'a Hightower, New England Patriots
These contracts are absolute bargains for teams. That is why so many were trading into the top 10 at an unprecedented rate.
Even Miami's pick at No. 8 will be cheap compared to what quarterbacks in the draft usually make. Tannehill will average about $3-$4 million per year on his rookie contract? That’s not much risk for the Dolphins. Other AFC East teams will be risking even less thanks to the rookie wage scale.